Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology Ed Tech 504

In my Ed Tech 504 Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology class we have been very busy researching different educational theories. These theories are the backbone of every teachers teaching methodology. I currently feel better knowing the principles behind some of these theories because it gives me a foundation upon which to build and help my students achieve better success in my classes. The following is my reflection of this course and what I have learned.

  1. What were the most important things I learned this semester?

One of the most important things I learned this semester is that educational theory is the backbone of every teacher’s curriculum. How one chooses to deliver the content is influenced by a theory or in some cases it could be multiple theories. My very own teaching style falls in line with the theories of constructivism and constructionism. However, after completing my research on the theory of connectivism, I find myself wanting to hon in on how it says students store, gain, and retrieve knowledge somehow incorporate the principles into my classroom.

2. How was my teaching (or thoughts about teaching) impacted by what I learned or experienced this semester?

My way of thinking has changed in that I am more aware of the different educational theories and how they truly impact a classroom. My research paper was on connectivism and how is has changed distance learning.  According to George Siemens, “ Learning….is focused on connecting specialized information sets, and the connections that enable us to learn more are more important that out current state of knowing” (2004, Connectivism section, para. 1).  I want to focus on how my students can make these connections and create an environment where the teacher is the facilitator.

  1. Did I (or will I) use the projects, skills, or ideas from this course in my teaching, training, or professional practice? If so, how?

I know I will most definitely use the ideas I have learned in this class and try to utilize them in the classroom. The discovery of how much of a role educational theory plays in a teacher’s foundational approach to their classroom had been enlightening. My hope is to be able to implement a connectivist-type classroom when I return to a classroom. The idea that students gain knowledge not only from the teacher and fellow students, but the connectivism theory includes knowledge gained and stored software and other digital resources as well.

  1. Select three of the projects/assignments you created/wrote in this class and read the description of the related AECT standard. Then answer this question: How do these projects/assignments demonstrate my mastery of the AECT standards?

My assignments of writing a paper on a learning theory, creating an annotated bibliography, and the writing a final synthesized paper demonstrates my mastery of the AECT Standards 1.2, 1.3, 5.1, and 5.3. Through my research on the learning theories of constructionism and connectivism I learned how to evaluate and assess resources that are credible and beneficial. I also feel that I have learned a significant amount of information to be able to thoroughly demonstrate my knowledge of how and why learning theories came to be. I am more confident in my ability to better align my teaching methods with these theories and fully understand how they can/could impact my students, if executed correctly.

Artifacts for this course:

Learning Theory Paper

Annotated Bibliography

Final Synthesis Paper

Resources:

Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A theory for the digital age. Retrieved from

http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm